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Priti Patel defends inclusion of Extinction Rebellion on terror list | Environment

theguardian.com

Keir Starmer, the Labour leadership frontrunner, has branded a decision by police to include Extinction Rebellion on a list of extreme ideologies as “completely wrong and counterproductive”. The shadow Brexit secretary and former chief prosecutor in England and Wales joined police chiefs in denouncing the move – revealed in the Guardian on Friday – to put XR’s beliefs on the list of ideologies that warrant reporting someone to the Prevent programme, which seeks to stop terror attacks. His condemnation came after the home secretary, Priti Patel , defended the decision, saying it was important to look at “a range of security risks”. While accepting that XR was not a terrorist organisation, Pat...

Sir Roger Scruton dead: Former Tory adviser dies at 75 after cancer battle

mirror.co.uk

Former government advisor Sir Roger Scruton has died today at the age of 75. The philosopher and writer had been fighting cancer for around six months. His family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sir Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL. Beloved husband of Sophie, adored father to Sam and Lucy and treasured brother of Elizabeth and Andrea, he died peacefully on Sunday 12th January. "He was born on 27th February 1944 and had been fighting cancer for the last six months. His family are hugely proud of him and of all his achievements." The author engaged in political and cultural debate and advised the Tories. However, he temporarily lost his unpaid role as gover...

Brexit: UK public wants to remain in EU, new poll finds weeks before withdrawal date | The Independent

independent.co.uk

Boris Johnson is set to take the UK out of the European Union at a time when a majority of voters want to stay, according to a new poll .The BMG survey for The Independent found that with less than three weeks to go before Brexit Day on 31 January, voters are split by the highly symbolic margin of 52-48 per cent in favour of Remain – the reverse of the result of the 2016 referendum.Participants also expected Brexit to be bad for the economy, the NHS, the unity of the UK and Britain’s place in the world over the next two years. Almost three in 10 (29 per cent) expected to be personally worse off as a result of EU withdrawal, while just 15 per cent expected their finances to be improved.Sharin...